The Furniture Factory (1925), by Bumpei Usui, recently entered the Met’s collection. (Purchase, Arthur Hoppock Hearn Fund, by Exchange, 2014)

With the Economy Improving, Museums Go on a Buying Spree

Museum directors and curators are, by nature, hoarders. But the recession reined in the urge to splurge, or at least the ability to, at many cultural institutions across the country. Now, an improving economy and rising stock market appear to be fueling a buying spree at American museums.

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